SF3 - the SmartFone Flick Fest is Australia’s international smartphone film festival.

Open to filmmakers of all ages from first-time filmmakers to professionals. As long as your film is shot entirely on a smartphone or tablet and is within the six and a half minute time limit your film is eligible for submission. Everyone has a great idea for a short film and a potential movie camera in their pocket, so no excuses. Here’s your chance to start filming!

Ten films will be selected from all the entries to screen at our Gala Finals Event at the world famous Sydney Opera House, Australia on Monday 1st October, 2018. The night starts with a VIP Meet and Greet Event and Party which is a chance for all SF3 2018 filmmakers, creatives, actors, sponsors and judges to mingle with industry professionals and each other. The SF360 Finalists will be screened at this VIP event. Following this, the SF3 Top Ten Films and other Award Winners will be screened inside the Playhouse Theatre in the Sydney Opera House and a panel of esteemed judges will award the SF3 Prizes to category winners, including the top prizes of SF3 2018 Best Film and SF3 2018 People's Choice Award. All prizes are awarded by our judging panel except the People's Choice Award which is a public vote. Our 2018 judging panel includes Louis Nowra, Megan Riakos, Serhat Caradee, Ros Gentle, Anthony Montes, Piet de Vries & Alan Nurthen. Our 2018 Ambassador is Nicole da Silva, star of Wentworth and Doctor Doctor.

This year for the first time we will be holding two extra screenings and award ceremonies; the SF3 Kids Screening and Awards and the SF3 Shortlist Screening. These two screenings will be held at Event Cinemas Bondi Junction in Sydney on Sunday 23rd September. The day will also include two masterclasses by the #Filmbreaker Movement Founder and SF3 Major Sponsor, Jason van Genderen, and a Q&A session after each screening.

Many of our past Top Ten and shortlisted films have been invited to screen around the world at our partner film festivals including the International Mobil Film Festival in San Diego, the Syria Mobile Film Festival and more. The opportunities are endless for smartphone filmmakers. All films MUST be shot entirely on a smartphone or tablet and must not exceed 6.5 minutes (including credits). You can use any editing software, apps and phone additions, and you can edit on a PC, laptop or your phone. So, pull your phone out of your pocket and start filming, it really is that easy!

Thank you to SF3 2015 & 2016 filmmaker, Conrad Mess, for your cover image from your award winning iPhone film, "Time to Pay Off Debts".

SF3 is proud to award over $30,000 worth of prizes from our amazing sponsors including prize packs from The Pocket Film Academy and the #Filmbreaker Movement, Luma Touch, Final Draft, Rode Mics, The Hub Studio, Screen Actors Workshop, Power Productions and Story Board Quick, the Australian Cinematographer's Society, the Australian Director's Guild, Screen Producers Australia, the Australian Writer's Guild, iOgrapher, iPitch TV, Laugh Masters Academy, Anthony Mora PR for Filmmakers, Ribbet, Charliee Presley & NIDA.

Prizes awarded: SF3 Best Film, SF3 People's Choice, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, WIFT Women In Film Award, Best Actress, Best Actor & Best Kids Flick (for under 16s), Founders' Flick Pick and Best 360/VR Video.

The rules are simple:
1. The film must be shot entirely on a smartphone or tablet.
2. Films must be no longer than 6 minutes and 30 seconds including titles and credits. One exception is on our 360/VR category where exceptional videos of longer lengths will be considered.
3. All scripts and ideas must be your original material.
4. Copyright material can only be used if you have written permission to do so.
5. You can use any software to edit your video and audio.
6 You can use any software for colour correction or special effects.
7. You can use external microphones, wide-angle lenses, lighting, tripods, etc.
8. You can enter as many films as you like.
9. Your film can have been made in any year and is allowed to have screened in other festivals and online.
10. Your film must meet all the terms and conditions of the festival to be eligible.
11. Filmmakers for the Kids Flick Award must be 16 or under at the time of submission.

The submission deadline for the SmartFone Flick Fest is 11:49PM AEST, August 8, 2018.

Check out our site for full T&C's - www.sf3.com.au

Overall Rating
  • Kristina Fabian

    SF3 - SmartFone Flick Fest is an amazing event that provides mobile film with great screening opportunities, visibility and prestige - gala and awards were held in the Sydney Opera House.
    Besides the award winning movies they also gave screen time to the semifinalists (that includes us) and movies made by the youngest generation of filmmakers. Unfortunately we could not attend in person. Nevertheless, the communication was superb and friendly. The organizers were eager to go an extra mile and even shared a photo of how our small screen made movie looked on the BIG screen - this warmed my crew members hearts.
    Highly recommended.

    October 2018
  • Malwina Wodzicka

    Thanks to the Organizing team - Angela Blake and Alison Crew, this has been one of the best festival experiences in my life. Having your film screened at the Sydney Opera House it's an extraordinary feeling on its own, but considering the climate of the entire event, this has been very special. I hope to be a part of it in the next year!

    October 2018
  • Adrian Jeffs

    Passion, dedication and a overwhelming desire to showcase filmmakers. The real stars of SF3 aren't the creators, it's Angela and Ali that give 110% of themselves to put on an amazing event where FILMBREAKERS can showcase their talents and have the opportunity to meet other supremely talented individuals to inspire creativity. Having the opportunity to show my film at the iconic Sydney Opera House is an experience that will live with me forever. Even if I don't create another film, SF3 is an event I will always have marked in my calendar to attend.
    A absolute must for FILMBREAKERS to submit or attend.
    Easily 12 stars out of 10

    October 2018
  • Inchun OH

    Very Fantastic and Wonderful Film Fest! It is a very impressive film festival in all respects! My team and I were very impressed by the very kind welcome!

    October 2018
  • Narelle Nash

    Festivals devoted to mobile phone filmmaking don't come better than SF3. Professional, dedicated and their events are an unparalleled success - this year they sold out a theatre at the Sydney Opera House. Filmmakers are updated throughout the process and given press/publicity opportunities also. Many prizes are awarded by prestigious industry judges. Both the finalists and shortlisted films are given screenings, they really go above and beyond to support smart phone filmmaking. I was honoured to have my film # SELFIE included this year, highly recommend SF3.

    October 2018
    Response from festival:

    Narelle, you are one of our favourite filmmakers and we are honoured to have been able to screen two of your films. Thank you for being such a huge supporter of what we do and we hope to have you in our festival year after year!